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Mental Health in the Workplace

Work-related stress and anxiety are estimated to be the second biggest occupational health problem in the UK and the government has now recognised the importance of mental health with Theresa May saying that “as a society we must face up to the fact mental health problems are everyone’s problem.” This includes employers. If your employees […]

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When can employers lawfully deduct from employee wages?

One of three conditions has to be met for an employer to lawfully make deductions from wages or take payments from a worker. The deduction or payment must be: required or authorised by legislation (for example, income tax or national insurance deductions) authorised by the worker’s contract – provided the worker has been given a […]

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How To Protect Your Business During The Winter Months

We’re now waking up to more frosty mornings, icy pavements and the first snowfalls. As winter sets in employers need to be aware that workers who are exposed to cold, wet or icy conditions may be at risk of sustaining injuries or becoming ill. To protect your business from potential incidents & subsequent compensation claims […]

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Managing contractors and the risks they create.

Using contractors is so commonplace that many businesses will appoint and pay contractors with minimal thought going into the process. It’s also safe to say that the decision to hire a contractor is often based on the price of the quotation, location of the contractor and recommendations from contacts. All of these are acceptable factors […]

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Turning down tattoos = turning down talent?

ACAS have published new research on dress codes which shows that employers risk losing talented employees due to concerns about employing people with visible tattoos. The new independent study on various aspects of employee appearance found that young people are especially affected as almost one in three young people have a tattoo. Other findings revealed […]

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What is the new Apprenticeship Levy and how will it impact business?

From April 2017, employers with a wage bill of £3 million or more will pay a 0.5% levy to fund future apprenticeships into 2020.  In exchange for this contribution eligible employers will receive a £15,000 allowance – available through the Digital Apprenticeship Service (Online tools will be available over the next year, and users will be able […]

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Employers will have to pay commission as part of holiday pay, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed.

Yesterday, Monday 22nd February, a decision was handed down in the long-running case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd, which was first brought to tribunal in April 2012. The case involves Mr Lock – a British Gas salesperson – whose remuneration package included a basic salary plus commission however when he took annual leave, he would […]

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Why having an up to date Employee Handbook in place should be important to businesses.

An Employee Handbook can play an important part in the operation of a business, as one of its main functions is to set down rules within which staff should operate. Handbooks are intended to shape employees’ behaviour to help improve conduct in the workplace and ensure consistency in dealing with issues. A handbook can also […]

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